Consultation Services

Center faculty members provide consultation on a variety of ethical issues arising in clinical care and research. These Ethics Consultation Services have  been valuable as laboratories for teaching and conducting research on ethical quandaries in clinical practice.

Clinical Ethics

Comprehensive clinical ethics consultation is provided to clinicians, patients, and family members in UPMC Presbyterian, Montifiore, and Shadyside Hospitals, as well as Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, by professionals with expertise in facilitating communication and analyzing the complex ethical issues arising in clinical care. Jason Byron, MA, manages this consultation service. At Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Aviva Katz, MA, MD, directs the Ethics Consultation Service, and David Orenstein, MA, MD, chairs the CHP Ethics Committee. Ethics consultation services may be accessed by calling 412-864-5530 or by calling the hospitals' operators at 412-647-2345.

Research Ethics & Design

Center faculty members serve as research ethics consultants to the University’s Institutional Review Board, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Institute for Precision Medicine, Human Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee, and many individual research programs and projects. Research ethics consultation may be accessed by calling the Center at 412-648-7007 or emailing


The mission of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at the University of Pittsburgh is to improve the efficiency with which biomedical advances translate to improvements in the health of the community. The CTSI is transforming the process of clinical and translational research through the provision of research and educational resources, thus training and enabling scientists to generate and translate new biomedical knowledge. Center faculty collaborate with CTSI investigators and provide consultation on the design and conduct of CTSI studies. Read more about CTSI »